December 8, 2021 | Virtual | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST | 4 PDH


Ethics and compliance are central to business strategy. It’s up to leaders at all levels across the organization to create and sustain a culture of integrity. This course will empower the participant to analyze the risks of unethical behavior that might be triggered by powerful situations. It also analyzes some of the most prominent organizational scandals of the recent decades through the lenses of management, psychology, sociology, and philosophy, in order to contribute to a better understanding of unethical behavior.

Whenever we hear about ethical scandals, we tend to believe that unethical or illegal behavior in organizations is driven by character deficiencies of the individual. However, numerous corporate scandals have demonstrated that even people with a high level of integrity can break the rules if they are put into a strong context. A better understanding of why and under what conditions good people make bad ethical decisions will enable us to better protect individuals as well as their respective organizations against the potentially overwhelming power of the context.


At the end of the course, you are able to:

  1. Explain the impact of social context on individual decision-making using various theories (from Management, Sociology, Psychology, and Philosophy)
  2. Apply these theories to the analysis of some of the most eminent organizational scandals of the recent decades
  3. Assess risks of ethical blindness in your own organizational context
  4. Design interventions to reduce such risks for yourself and your organization


All organizational leaders.

Speaker BIO:


Suzanne Ogle

President and CEO, Southern Gas Association

Suzanne Ogle is President and CEO of the Southern Gas Association.  As CEO she helps SGA members overcome the challenges, they face operating in the natural gas industry and navigating public perception.  With her entrepreneurial mindset and wide range of experience across the natural gas value chain from service, to exploration and production, midstream and transmission she focuses on business process, optimization and effective communication to prepare the SGA members for resilience and innovation in an industry in transition.

Suzanne is an Accredited Public Relations and Certified Investor Relations professional.  She holds an Advanced Marketing certificate from Southern Methodist University, as well as Finance Management, Business Analytics and Change Management certificates from Cornell University and an Executive Leadership for Energy Professionals certificate from the University of Houston. She received a Master of Education in educational psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in business marketing from California Lutheran University.

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November 18, 2021 | Virtual | 1:00 - 4:00 PM CST | 3 PDH

Event Summary

Reciprocating and Centrifugal compressors are widely used in the natural gas industry; but when and where to use each technology is less widely known.  In this 3-hour virtual training, attendees will learn the key differences between reciprocating and centrifugal compressors, how to size them, and when each is the ideal technology to install.  Pros and cons, including financial implications of each technology, will be viewed through the lens of real-world case studies.

This webinar acts as a fundamental baseline on a few key topics discussed in our multi-day Factors in Compressor Station Design workshop.  For a more in-depth understanding of compressor station design, attendees are encouraged to also attend the workshop as well.




$125 Member

$175 Non-member


Learning Objectives

  • Learn the fundamentals of reciprocating and centrifugal compressors
  • Understand CAPEX vs OPEX cost comparisons between these two technologies
  • Identify potential benefits and drawbacks of selecting one tech over the other
  • Identify which compressor type to use in a variety of real-world situations


Target Audience 

  • New engineers looking to enhance their understanding of compressor technologies
  • Long time engineers looking to refresh their understanding
  • Anyone looking for a high level, value centric approach to compressor design


Instructor BIO:


Josh Shaver, Sr. Project Manager, LJA Engineering




Mr. Shaver has 17 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, with experience across OEM, Operator, Owner, and consulting sectors. During this time, he has held the position of Professional Engineer in 18 states, with duties including various degrees of design for elements of mechanical, structural, civil, electrical, automation, and process design, project and construction management, purchasing, and quality control.

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October 18th - 20th, 2021 | Charlotte, NC

*UPDATE* New date and location for this workshop. 

Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs) and Natural Gas Compression are the heart of the Oil & Gas Industry, yielding the power to pump vital elements through pipelines across North America.  The Engine Analyzer & Reliability Workshop has been designed to equip professionals working on, and responsible for, these assets with predictive and preventative maintenance solutions that are easily transferrable to their current work initiatives.


Join your colleagues and other professionals as you are educated through presentation, demonstration of working models and interaction with industry experts from companies all over the United States.  Join us in exploring a unique perspective on Natural Gas Engines and Compression in this jam-packed two-day workshop!

PDH: 20 Hours 



  • Fundamentals and Alternate Fuel Balancing Concepts
  • Compressor Rod Packing Replacement Tips/Tricks
  • AutoBalance Installation Management
  • Reciprocating Equipment Analysis
  • Unit Alignment and Soft Foot Concepts
  • Predictive/Preventative Maintenance Techniques
  • Quality Control
  • Generating Horsepower Curves and Loading Schedules
  • Force Fed Lubrication
  • Overhaul Project Management

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Virtual | 8/31/2021-9/1/2021 | 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM CST


Legacy reciprocating engines are critical assets to all pipeline companies. The method in which they are monitored and maintained significantly impacts each asset’s overall Reliability and Life Cycle. Combustion stabilization within this equipment has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, extend mean time between failure (MTBF), improve fuel economy and extend useful life.

This course builds on the GMRC Introduction to Internal Combustion Engines course (available on-demand) in which deeper concepts will be explored. Note that attendance at the Intro course is not required but is encouraged for those who are new to combustion engines. Attendees will be educated through presentation, virtual interaction and demonstration by use of a simulator built by the instructor. Join us in exploring a unique perspective on Combustion Stabilization in Natural Gas Reciprocating Engines and the Impact on Reliability.


  • Combustion and Fire Triangle Review
  • Combustion Chemistry
  • What is Fuel Balancing?
  • Importance of Fuel Balancing/Combustion Stabilization
  • Steps to Complete Fuel Balancing
  • Air/Fuel Ratio vs Trapped Equivalency Ratio
  • Fuel Balancing Components (Mechanical Breakdown)•Impact of Balancing/Stabilization on Emissions
  • Balancing Utilizing a Windrock PA System
  • Introduction to Equalization Lines
  • Full ‘Virtual’ Demonstration Utilizing a Fuel Rail Simulator


All level Engineers, Analysts, Technicians, Mechanics, FSRs, Project Managers and Reliability Engineers interested in gaining a more in depth understanding of Fuel Rail Balancing and Combustion Stabilization

Attendees will receive 3 Professional Development Hours.


Meet the Instructor

Mary Savalle, PMP, REC

A passionate and unapologetic advocate for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education, Detroit native Mary Savalle attended Wayne State University and completed her final year of undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Polytechnica Universidad de Puerto Rico.

Her multi-faceted career began with DTE in 2007 and includes experience with large natural gas engines and compressors, diagnosing engine/compressor defects, fleet management, Lean Six Sigma, and Reliability Engineering. Mary held the title of Principal Reliability Engineer when she parted with DTE in 2020. She is currently pursuing her Master of Engineering in Engine Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and serves as a Technical Consultant in the Oil & Gas Industry.

Mary’s professional credentials include:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Reliability Engineering Certification (REC) through Clemson University
  • Student –Masters of Engineering in Engine SystemsDesign, University of Wisconsin –Madison (Expected Completion December 2022)

She has published industry papers, travels nationally teaching courses on internal combustion engine concepts and has developed training devices for kinesthetic learners. She has worked with companies around the world in research, analysis and training activities.

Mary’s passion for STEAM and her community resulted in partnerships with local businesses and elementary schools to educate children on STEAM concepts. She has spent the last year working with multiple institutions to build up their educational programs while pursuing her advanced degree.

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Part I June 2, 2021 & Part II June 15, 2021 | Virtual | 8:00 - 12:00 PM CST | 4 PDH

Event Summary

This workshop explains the working principles and components of centrifugal compressors and industrial gas turbines used in the oil and gas industry. Performance characteristics of compressors and their drivers are explained.  The application of these machines in different oil and gas applications is discussed. Finally, issues of packaging, seals, fuel and air, testing and condition monitoring are addressed.


This workshop is offered over two separate, 4hr days.  June 2nd will cover Gas Turbines while June 15th will cover Centrifugal Compressors.  Attendees can register for one or both parts.







Member $200 for 1 session / $350 total for both sessions

Non-Member $300 for 1 session / $550 total for both sessions


Learning Objectives

  • Learn the components of centrifugal compressors and industrial gas turbines
  • Understand their working principles and applications
  • Understand their performance characteristics
  • Understand key maintenance issues



Target Audience 

  • Young Engineers who want to learn to understand Turbomachinery
  • Experienced Engineers in the industry who want to refresh their knowledge



Instructor BIO:



Dr. Rainer Kurz, PhD., Solar Turbines


Rainer Kurz is the Manager, Systems Analysis at Solar Turbines Incorporated, in San Diego, California. His organization is responsible for predicting compressor and gas turbine performance, for conducting application studies, and for field performance testing. Dr. Kurz attended the Universitaet der Bundeswehr in Hamburg Germany, where he received the degree of a Dr.-Ing. in 1991.   He joined Solar Turbines in 1993, and holds his current position since 1995.


Dr. Kurz was elected ASME Fellow in 2003. He has authored numerous publications on turbomachinery related topics, with an emphasis on compressor applications, dynamic behavior, and gas turbine operation and degradation. Many of his publications were considered of archive quality and were accepted for publications in Engineering Journals. He has received several ‘Best Paper’ and ‘Best Tutorial’ Awards at the ASME TurboExpo Conferences and is the recipient of the 2013 Industrial Gas Turbine Technology award. He is a member of the GMRC Board of Directors, the GMC Organizing Committee and the GMRC Project Supervisory Committee.


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May 18 2021 | Virtual | 9:00 - 11:00 AM CST | 2 PDH

Event Summary

This 2-hour workshop will go over the fundamentals of vibration theory, followed by a discussion on best practices for making vibration measurements.  Using these basic theory and measurement techniques, several case histories will be presented and explained to help the attendees understand real-world applications of these principles.




Learning Objectives

  • Gain a working knowledge of basic vibration concepts (mass, stiffness, resonance, etc.).
  • Understand measurement procedures that greatly enhance the ability to evaluate vibration issues and communicate results.
  • Combine the knowledge of basic theory and good measurements to improve the real‑world success rate for solving vibration related problems.



Target Audience 

  • Engine Analysts
  • Mechanics
  • Entry Level Engineers

Instructor BIO:

Ken Atkins

Ken Atkins is President and Manager of Engineering at Engineering Dynamics, Incorporated (EDI).  He has over 40 years of experience with rotating machinery and structural dynamics.  Prior to co-founding EDI in 1982, he was with Southwest Research Institute and Exxon Chemical Americas.  Ken has authored several technical papers on machinery dynamics.  He has lectured frequently at the Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia, including tutorials and short courses. He joined the Turbomachinery Advisory Committee in September, 2012.


Mr. Atkins received a B.S. Degree in Engineering Science from Trinity University in 1978, graduating as a University Scholar.  He is a member of ASME, several API committees, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

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April 29, 2021 | Virtual | 1:00 - 4:00 PM CST | 3 PDH

This short course explains how a reciprocating compressor works by focusing on the pressure-volume diagram and the governing fundamental thermodynamic principles - but not in an overly academic way.  This will include discussions of pressure-time and pressure-volume diagrams, volumetric efficiency, capacity, power, and compression efficiency.  In addition, it will cover the effects of changing conditions (pressures, rotating speed, thermodynamic properties, etc), gas analysis, temperature, and pulsation.  Mechanical design details will not be covered in any significant detail.   An understanding of the pressure-volume diagram and the basic thermodynamics is vital and forms a required solid foundation for a deeper understanding of the mechanical aspects.


Learning Objectives

  • The primary objective is to leave the course with a complete understanding of the pressure versus time and pressure versus volume diagram sequences.
  • Understand how a cylinder end’s capacity is derived and calculated from the pressure-volume diagram using volumetric efficiency.
  • Understand that the power required to compress a volume of gas is also derived from the pressure-volume diagram.
  • Understand that the power required to compress a certain volume of gas is a sum of adiabatic, valve loss and friction and how each is calculated.

Target Audience 

  • This workshop is great for design engineers and project managers who are responsible for compression projects and is good for both beginner and intermediate levels.

Instructor BIO:


Greg Phillippi

Greg Phillippi, Ariel Corporation

Greg Phillippi is a specialist – product and distributor support for Ariel Corporation in Mount Vernon, Ohio.  Greg began his career as a design engineer at Cooper Energy Services in 1978, joined Ariel in 1985, moved to ACI Services Inc. in 2000, and back to Ariel in 2004.  Greg received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Ohio Northern University in 1978 and a master in business administration from Ashland University in 2000.  Greg’s entire 43 year career has been focused on various aspects of reciprocating compressors.  Experience includes developing a thorough understanding of gas compression thermodynamics and compressor cylinder mechanical design, and an appreciation for marketing and sales. Today Greg is deeply involved with Ariel’s end-user and distributor training effort and manages audits of Ariel’s distributors.

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